Currently at work I have a workstation with Windows Server 2003 R2 with SP2 and I cannot play WMV files. No, I wouldn't be slacking, we have internal webcasts that I need to view.

The Windows Media Player (version refuses to play the file stating

An audio codec is needed to play this file. To determine if this codec is available to download from the Web, click Web Help.

I click the button and I am directed to a page which instructs me to go to the WMPlugins.com Web site.

I go there and I am told that the audio codec is found. Great. After a few direct links I arrive at a download page where I download the codec and install it. After the successfull install I am required to restart the computer.

Later trying to playback the file the same thing happens as in the beginning of this question.

Any ideas?


K lite codec or VLC are the best in your situation

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  • Well at least VLC plays the file although without sound... :(( It says that WMAP audio codec cannot be found and "there is no solution for this". – Andrei Rînea Jul 31 '09 at 12:55

My best recommendation is to install one of the Free codec packs listed here. They generally include all required codecs for your system.

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  • Installed it, still no go... I guess there must be something broken with my Windows installation. – Andrei Rînea Jul 31 '09 at 12:32

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